Now, when I routinely discuss demographics in economic geography, I suppose some of the students--those paying attention--also begin to appreciate the important role that population change plays in our lives. One of my favorites is to tell them that the longer we older people live, the less they will have. If the class mood is right, I joke that they should not take it upon themselves to push us old folks off the cliffs ;)
With this president at the helm, and with his minions also not concerned about facts, I worry that we are not thinking about the world of a few years from now. Take 2020, for instance. Yes, that is when we will have the next presidential election. But, from a demographic perspective, it will be a "yuge" deal for the world: For the first time in human history, there will be more people in the world over age 65 than under age 5. Let me repeat that sentence for you: For the first time in human history, there will be more people in the world over age 65 than under age 5. Get it?
That is worldwide. In the old days, the lucky grandparents barely lived into their sixties. Not anymore. And not into the future. Think of the economic implications. Yes, the money aspect. And think about one of the major issues--heath. You think this president is thinking about all those? Of course not! Imagine if we had a president and a bunch of leaders who were responsible and ethical and talked about such issues with substance.
We need such substantive discussions. Consider the healthcare quagmire in which the Geriatrics Only Party has trapped itself. And then think about the following chart: